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Intrafirm trade and product contractibility

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  • Bernard, Andrew B.
  • Jensen, J. Bradford
  • Redding, Stephen
  • Schott, Peter K.

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This paper examines the determinants of intra-firm trade in U.S. imports using detailed country-product data. We create a new measure of product contractibility based on the degree of intermediation in international trade for the product. We find important roles for the interaction of country and product characteristics in determining intra-firm trade shares. Intra-firm trade is high for products with low levels of contractability sourced from countries with weak governance, for skill-intensive products from skill-scarce countries, and for capital-intensive products from capital-abundant countries.
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  • Bernard, Andrew B. & Jensen, J. Bradford & Redding, Stephen & Schott, Peter K., 2010. "Intrafirm trade and product contractibility," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 28616, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • L24 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Contracting Out; Joint Ventures
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation

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